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May 2015
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Computer-Assisted Diagnostics: A New Tool for the Pathologist
Jaleh Mansouri, M.D.

Digital pathology has enabled the development of a new modality, computer- assisted diagnostics (CAD), to aid the pathologist in making diagnostic decisions. Computer-assisted diagnostics is designed to aid rather than replace the pathologist in making a more accurate diagnosis through the utilization of quantitative imaging and other methodologies in computational science. CAD programs have been developed for a number of clinical specialties and settings including clinical and radiographic diagnosis and design and decision-making in clinical trials.

For example, TissueMark (PathXL) is an innovative software tool with various applications in pathology. This software tool uses algorithms to perform various automatic operations including tumor cell counts, calculation of percentage of tumor cells, and identification of tumor in breast, colon, and lung tissue. These operations help pathologists make more accurate diagnoses by guiding them in the macro-and micro- dissection of tissue for histologic interpretation and molecular profiling. TissueMark can be adapted to the pathologic analysis of tissue for clinical trials as well. Another innovative tool is the Aperio ImageScope viewing software (Leica Biosystems). This tool uses stereological techniques to calculate areas and volumes of tissue and guide the pathologist in viewing the most important parts of the scanned whole slide image.

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PathView Systems presents Progeny, a comprehensive, intuitive and easy to use APLIS designed to meet the needs of Anatomic Pathology, Cytology, Autopsy, and Molecular Laboratories. Progeny features integrated asset tracking, all inclusive query screens, and a natural workflow feeling that comes from 20 years experience with how laboratories work. Progeny LIS incorporates a unique workflow engine that ensures quality control and maximizes efficiencies throughout the laboratory. Synoptics, organ maps, photomicrographs, and diagnostic text convey more meaning when they can be tailored to a targeted audience. EMR interfaces, internet, print, fax and email distribution models meet the needs of your clients no matter where they may be located.

Physicians Independent Management Services (PIMS). PIMS is the nation's leading provider of pathology practice and medical billing services. Headquartered in a state-of-the-art 23,000 square-foot facility located in Tampa, Florida, PIMS is a full-service medical billing and practice management services company. Led by a highly experienced team of senior healthcare professionals specializing in anatomic and clinical pathology, PIMS developed PathX - a highly customizable and robust laboratory information system designed specifically for anatomic pathology labs. Healthcare providers and pathology labs across the country are leveraging the power and innovation of PIMS' products to increase productivity, efficiency and profitability. Visit our website or call today and find out what PIMS can do for you. For more information, visit www.pims-inc.com or contact Daniela Cojita at (813) 490-7206 or cojitad@pims-inc.com.

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January 2015: Billing / Consulting / Management
February 2015: Microscopes / Microscopy Products
March 2015: Tissue Processors / Other Histology
April 2015: Laboratory Accreditation / Education / CME
May 2015: Computer Software and Systems

June 2015: Diagnostic Testing / Reagents
July 2015: Digital / Imaging / Photography
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September 2015: Antibodies / Biomarkers
October 2015: Laboratories
November 2015: Consumable Lab Products / Clinical Lab Analyzers
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